New VICIOUS RUMORS Album This Spring

Vicious Rumors is on fire. 3 albums in 3 years. Razorback Killers (2011), Live You To Death (2012) and the new studio album Electric Punishment in 2013, and the ball keeps rolling!

The legendary San Francisco bay area metal band released a new live CD Live You To Death last year on Steamhammer/SPV. Tight and full of energy the album captures the power and excitement of the Vicious Rumors live performance. 9 live tracks with 2 covers; Black Sabbath’s Sign of the Southern Cross and Judas Priest Running Wild complete this must have live album.

No rest for the wicked. The band is in the Trident studios in San Francisco right now with Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga – the same production team that brought you WarballRazorback Killers and Live You to Death. The new studio album Electric Punishment will be out on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2013.

Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Thean Rasmussen are back with 9 new songs and a wicked cover of Strange Ways by KISS sure to satisfy the Vicious Rumors faithfull fans. Black X List, D-Block are two thrashy speed killers while Escape (From Hell) and Together We Unite add a classic flavor. Guest appearances by Mark McGee, Brad Gillis as well as touring guitarist Bob Capka all along with Geoff Thorpe round out this 5 man guitar gun slinger army.

It’s all there, the killer guitar attack, power and speed, melody and double bass thunder and of course shredding guitar solos.

The Vicious Rumors ball is gaining speed and rolling through your town this year. The first confirmed live date is July 26 at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany. More details regarding the new studio album and live shows coming soon.

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HATCHET Releases New Single

March 5, 2013 marks the release date of the latest album from the Bay Area’s Hatchet. The quartet’s sophomore work is a huge step forward in precise aggression, performance, songwriting and production. Having recently confirmed The End Records as the band’s new home the band and label want to share a new song from the album, Fall From Grace, in addition to the Dawn of the End cover art, as illustrated by All Things Rotten (Children of Bodom, Eluvetie, Amon Amarth).

Fall From Grace was chosen as the first preview track off Dawn of the End. This song is about the fall of Lucifer from heaven as the fable goes. Lucifer was struck down by God for taking a stand against him leading to what we now know as Satan and Hell; that is if you believe in that sort of thing.

The cover art of Dawn of the End was meant to depict and signify the title of the album in one picture. It’s the end of all mankind — a total apocalypse. This could be depicted in many ways, but to us this might be a scene from the end of the world with Death summoning demons to rise from their slumber and ascend unto our world and destroy it completely. I’ve just always been a fan of apocalyptic scenes. Very metal!” laughs Julz.

Click Here To Listen To Fall From Grace

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The group is playing some west coast shows prior to the album’s release –

Jan. 18 – El Divan de Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico with Exmortus, Blessed Curse

Jan. 19 – The Riff Haus – Fullerton, CA with Exmortus, Witchaven

Jan. 20 – The Wheelhouse – Hemet, CA with Exmortus, Blessed Curse

Feb. 9 – Thee ParksideSan Francisco, CA supporting Sabaton

The End Records to release new HATCHET album in March

Growing up in the San Francisco area suburbs as young metal heads can make it quite likely to take influence from the pioneers of metal that spanned the area in the 1980’s. So it’s no surprise that Hatchet describes their sound as “Pure, Uncompromising, Bay Area Thrash Metal”.

Since hitting the Bay Area Metal scene in early 2007, Hatchet quickly made a name for itself. They worked hard to gig as often as they could and also not compete with, but group together bands of the like to help strengthen the scene. Focusing on playing with other young starting thrash bands in their area, the fan base grew. Eventually they reached out to the neighboring Los Angeles thrash scene which was also flourishing and invited various bands up to the bay area to diversify their shows, and spread overall thrash metal awareness.

After self-releasing two demos, the band’s debut album, Awaiting Evil, was released in mid-2008 via Metal Blade Records. The album was well-received by thrash enthusiasts around the globe and proved a great beginning for Hatchet. Since the release of the debut, the band has completed 3 full DIY U.S. tours that have helped put them on the map for up and coming thrash metal bands. Unfortunately in this time, the band also saw its share of lineup changes, which stalled overall progress of the group. Throughout the changes, founding member Julz Ramos always had the passion to keep the band going, even moving to take on vocal duties. Now in 2012, the band has never been stronger with its most dedicated, mature, and musically inclined members since its birth.

Their sophomore effort, Dawn of the End, released on their new label, The End Records, showcases a much more aggressive and professionally oriented band.  The group has stated its hunger to hit the road and prove that thrash metal is still a force to be reckoned with.

Hatchet is beyond thrilled to announce our signing to The End Records. They have a vast array of genres and styles within the label and it will be very interesting and exciting to see how Hatchet can expand its sonic force within the label. We have been shopping our new full length album to various key labels, however The End’s straight forward interest, excitement and approach to the band was a refreshing one for us to see. Further talks have only strengthened this feeling and we are happy to see the label already has some ideas and avenues they are thinking about to help push us in the right direction. Album details and release dates to shortly follow.” – Julz

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